Whaling and Fishing (1856)

With this volume my story of life at sea is complete. I have endeavored to give a strictly faithful account of the various phases of a sailor’s existence. I have borne in mind the usual objection to books of this class : that they are likely to inspire youth with an uneasy longing for a wandering, worthless mode of life. And as my little books were likely to interest young men and boys, my aim has been to give a plain common sense picture of that about which a false romance throws many charms. If anything I have written on this subject shall induce a young man, launching into life, to make a sensible choice of evils, by looking elsewhere than to the Sea for the adventurous existence which his spirit requires, I shall be rewarded.

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